With several laps of running under caution before the race went green again, the team was forced to bring all the cars back in for dry tires. David Cheng and Aleks Altberg would end up as the best finishers, piloting the no. 171 APR VW GTI to an eighth place finish in the ST class, with Daniel La Riva and Christian Perez 18th in the no. 191 APR VW Jetta GLI.
"Things just didn't work out for us with the way that the red flag and green flag ended up falling," said Altberg. "I think we made the right choice to come in for rain tires, I was having a hard time keeping the car on track under yellow. But the track dried out really fast and then Grand-Am had us do all those laps under caution, and we had do an extra pit stop. I think we were in great shape for a top-five, but under the circumstances, we are happy with a top-ten. And to have the chance to race at Indy was surreal. It was a great experience no matter the finish."
Unfortunately for teammates Nate Norenberg and Josh Hurley, their no. 161 APR VW GTI retired from the race in the first hour with a transmission failure, while Juan Alvarez and Juan Pablo Sierra's no. 131 APR VW Jetta GLI retired after overheating due to a punctured radiator. The no. 41 APR Audi S4 of Hector Guerrero and Alex Popow also retired with a mechanical problem.
The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge will be broadcast on Sunday, August 5, at 12:00 PM ET on SPEED Channel. The next round of the Rolex Sports Car Series will be August 10-11 on the short course at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The next round of the CTSCC will be on September 7-8 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif.